The Western Cape has landed another world cycling showpiece event – the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano race. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) series attracts the crème de la crème of international cross country mountain biking and tens of thousands of spectators to its races around the world. The South African leg will open the 2018 season and take place on March 10th on the slopes of the Coetzenburg Mountain in Stellenbosch. The event will be staged by Grandstand Management, the Cape Town-based company that operates and manages the Absa Cape Epic, the world’s foremost mountain bike stage race.
“This is great news for our sport and the region,” said Absa Cape Epic and Grandstand Management CEO Lynn Naudé. These races are televised live to many countries around the world and attract significant media attention.”
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, welcomed the news.
“My aim is to ensure that the Western Cape becomes Africa’s premier cycling destination. Securing the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup opener is a major victory in this quest. By showcasing the beauty and sophistication of our trails, this event will stimulate international interest in our province as a bucket-list cycling destination. My hope is that cycle tourism becomes a major revenue and job creator for our region. We’re thrilled to be working with such excellent partners in executing this event,” said Minister Winde.
Executive Mayor of Stellenbosch, Gesie van Deventer, looks forward to welcoming this event to the area. “As Mayor, I am very excited to have Stellenbosch host the opening leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2018. Stellenbosch is well known as a mountain biking destination in South Africa and this is our opportunity to become an international destination for the sport. We are looking forward to welcoming the visitors, participants and organisers to our region and to partner with them for an incredible world class experience. This is a significant boost to Stellenbosch and will have a knock on effect which will benefit our entire community.”
The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano consists of eight rounds around the world. Riders are given points based on their results and at the end of the year the competitor with the most accumulated points is declared the winner.
Four races will be held in their respective categories on March 10th – the men’s and women’s elite events and corresponding under-23 races. The races will be held eight days before the start of the Absa Cape Epic and the day before the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
“There are thousands of cyclists in the Western Cape at the time and we hope many will take the opportunity to watch the world’s best in action at Coetzenburg,” said Naudé.
South Africa previously staged a UCI World Cup race in Pietermaritzburg in 2014.
Cross country races are held over several laps of a physically demanding course, which typically includes technical descents, forest track, rocky paths and natural obstacles. Circuits range from four to ten kilometres each and racing varies from about one hour to two hours. The short nature of the courses means exciting viewing for television and spectators.
The 2018 race will start from the University of Stellenbosch, on to the cross-country course on the Coetzenburg Mountain. A course already exists on the slopes and has hosted a national championship, but will be upgraded by Grandstand Management.
“The existing infrastructure is already there and is very spectator-friendly. We will be adding some world class elements,” said Naudé
Stellenbosch has also been positioning itself as a mountain biking mecca and is a favourite stopover of foreign riders, some of whom stay there to train during the European winter.
She pointed out that securing the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano round was aligned with Grandstand Management’s growth strategy as an event business “and we are naturally delighted to have secured such a prestigious race for the region”.
Naude said the benefits for the region would include:
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It is a pleasure to introduce Ms. Geraldine Mettler as Municipal Manager to Stellenbosch Municipality.
Ms Mettler was previously employed by the City of Cape Town as Director: Councillor Support and Sub Councils and has a vast knowledge in Local Government. She has a total of 16 years’ experience in local government - with 12 years at a senior level.
As an accomplished, highly motivated LLM graduate and an admitted Attorney to the High Court, Ms Mettler focuses on success achieving results with a special interest in the field of public administration, governance and public accountability. Over and above her qualification Ms Mettler finalised her Minimum Municipal Competency with the University of Stellenbosch last year.
Ms Mettler is looking forward to the next five years of bringing even greater delivery to residents and maintaining sound and sustainable financial management within the Municipality. She strives toward enhancing a professional and dedicated workforce through excellence and citizen centric delivery.
We wish Ms Mettler all the best with her new challenge.
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